Digimap updates

From Wednesday 1st August 2018 all the Digimap Collections (except Aerial & Lidar Digimap) started new licences.  This means that the first time you log in to Digimap after this date you will need to agree to the new licences before you can access the service.

This is a standard process that happens only once a year. It is a simple additional step to the login process and does not involve re-registering any of your details. Login to Digimap as usual and follow the prompts. You will need to agree to new licences for each Collection.

All your saved maps and data download history will remain accessible and unaffected by this process.

Jewellery Quarter Festival 2018: Unearthing BCU’s gem!

The wonderful annual JQFestival is fast approaching, celebrating all that is great about Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. Well, did you know Birmingham City University, (BCU) has a School of Jewellery right in the heart of this area? It is located on Vittoria Street, No’s 82-86, not too far from the Golden Square. A recent visit to the School’s library, to become more familiar with the service and its stock, enabled me to unearth some gems of information on the rich educational history of the building.

During the late 19th century Birmingham’s jewellery trade grew. Consequently there was a demand for technical education in craft skills. In response, in 1888, the Birmingham Jewellers’ and Silversmiths’ Association and the Municipal School of Art began delivery of classes at the Ellen Street School to the west of the Quarter. It proved so popular that in 1890 oversubscription meant a move to the current Vittoria Street premises. Built in c 1865, on the former rear garden of No. 30 Frederick Street, the Venetian Gothic building had been acquired by William Randle for his goldsmith’s manufactory. Over time the building has been extended to meet need, most notably in 1911/12 and 1992/3.

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LIKE event Spring 2018

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Back in April we held another of our LIKE events, aimed at library staff who would like to share experiences of events or courses they have attended, or projects they are working on. Staff at all levels are invited, including those who are there just to listen and learn.

Highlights included:

Visits to Coventry and Wolverhampton University Libraries, where a number of staff from the Customer Services team were interested to see similarities and differences in opening hours, roving and use of portable devices, and rotas/staffing. We really enjoyed these visits and are keen to continue exploring other university libraries, not just to see where we think we are doing well, or where we could do better, but also to steal their brilliant ideas learn some new things! Our doors are always open for a reciprocal visit as well, and we’ve even been known to bring out the posh biscuits for the occasion…

A colleague demonstrated a new dashboard that he has been working on which will collect together a number of library metrics that are of interest to staff. This was fascinating stuff and we were all really impressed with how the data is displayed in a way that we can use to improve services (the rumours are true – library nerds like us love spreadsheets, statistics and fancy ways of visualising data). We’re currently undertaking space usage research which will feed into this project as well.

We also had a good discussion about promotion of resources, which is something else many of us are passionate about! We want to make sure that everyone is aware of the huge amount of resources that are available to them via Library & Learning Resources – we say it time and again, but there’s SO MUCH STUFF available, that you maybe didn’t even know you wanted! Did you know that you can view the entire Vogue US archive and check out those 1892 fashions? Watch loads of plays being performed on stage via Drama Online or Digital Theatre Plus? Read popular music journalism since the 60s via Rock’s Back Pages? You can see all of these and more via our A-Z of Resources.

We’ll be organising the next LIKE event shortly.

 

^Laura

Improvement works in Curzon Library Summer 2018

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Over the summer we’re going to be making some changes to Curzon Library.

During June we will be working in the central area of level 1 (near the entrance/exit), removing the seating areas, PCs, and printers to make way for new shelving and study space.

The printers, top-up machines and library catalogues will move to new locations on level 1. The self-service machines will remain near the entrance/exit gates.

New shelving will be installed upstairs, providing us with some much needed room for expansion of the library stock.

By the end of July we will have installed the seating/tables on level 1, and we will be getting ready to reinstall the PCs downstairs on level 0.

 

We expect there will be some noise disruption whilst furniture is dismantled and rebuilt, and some of the equipment (self-service, printers etc.) will be out of use for a short period whilst it is being moved. We have duplicate equipment on the ground floor, and staff will be on hand to help you find what you need.

 

^Laura

 

How to… get started at Seacole Library

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You may have seen that Kenrick Library at City North Campus is closing it’s doors for good Friday 1st June and students from the School of Education are moving to City South Campus.

To welcome and help familiarise School of Education students with Seacole Library, Customer Services staff are running three drop in sessions. These are planned for the week commencing 4th June.

Pop along to find out:

  • what services we offer at Seacole Library
  • find out where things are
  • meet the staff who are on hand to help you

Drop ins are scheduled for:

Monday 4th June 11am – 12noon

Wednesday 6th June 11am – 12noon

Friday 8th June 11am – 12 noon

Meet staff opposite the library helpdesk.

Hope to see you there!

^Posted on behalf of Huizhe Jin and Janet Fox, Customer Services.